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James E. Williams Jr.The "Big C" - Cancer is not a team sport

I am a 20 year survivor of prostate cancer. Growing up as a black male in America had its challenges. Two combat tours in Vietnam also had its challenges. However, nothing in my life was as devastating as being told that I had cancer. Cancer is not a team sport. You can't share the feelings of shock, anger, vulnerability, hopelessness and the realization that your mortality is at hand. Life's timetable all of a sudden shrinks from years to months to days. Why me? There must be a mistake. What will happen to my family? How about the work undone and places unseen. All of these reactions occur because I believed that the diagnosis of cancer was a death sentence.

When should you call for professional help?

The National Cancer Institute says you can call the patient’s doctor or nurse for help in any of the following situations:

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